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Some Knowledge is not Taken Except Like This

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“A muhaddith will never be complete until they narrate from who is above them, equal to them, and below them”. This statement is not simply words anymore that are memorized, or understood; the host scholar ingrained them in my heart and sealed them with images of parking lot races, reading mistakes unabashedly made in front of congregations, and the most beautiful humility. There is some knowledge that is not taken, except like this. Read More »

In search of al-Aalim ar-Rabbani

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We need the scholar who has the ability to see potential in others.  We need the teacher who recognizes potential in his students. In the past, Muslim scholars were true coaches.  They taught their students manners just like they taught knowledge.  They raised their students like we raise our children.  They nurtured, they mentored, and they guided.  To them, no ... Read More »

Islamic Political Thought: Sacred and the Secular

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A number of classical and contemporary scholars proposed divisions for the actions of the Prophet . Chief among them are Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziah, in several writings including 'Ilam al-Muwaiqqi'in, imām Ibn 'Ashur in his treatise on the Maqasid al Shari'ah, Shah Wali Allāh al-Dahlawi in his book “Hujjat Allāh al-Balighah,” however, the pioneer in this field was imām Shihab al-Din ... Read More »

Humility in Knowledge – A Forgotten Sunnah

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Humility is a key characteristic of a believer, even more so for a student or teacher of knowledge. The companions and early scholars of Islam exhibited this throughout their lives, because they understood the Deen and importance of practicing what they preached. Read More »

A Wakeup Call

The American Muslim community has provided woeful substance to our young brothers and sisters; substance to feel that they are and can be legitimately Muslim here in America. That we have the infrastructure to provide to them the sacred knowledge they wish to learn. The results from this quietude on the part of the Muslim community in America for the past ten to twenty years, as my wife has put it, has been the development of a linguistic and cultural inferiority complex. Read More »

Muslim Scholars—West’s Natural Allies in Fighting Scourge of Terrorism

The best strategy for prevention is to dismantle terrorist ideologies using the same Quran and the same narrations of the prophet that are misunderstood by them. This is a task that can only be accomplished by established independent credible Muslim scholars. The war on terror therefore is as much a war on ignorance and misguidance, as much as it is a war against the terrorists themselves. Read More »

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